Dear Readers: Fess up. Do you always do the right thing, even when no one is looking? I'm sure you do. This is called the Shopping Cart Theory. When you're done grocery shopping, do you take the shopping cart back to either the store or the corral, even though you're not required to? There's no bonus for doing it, and there's no sanction for not doing it.
It's a personality test of sorts. Most of us would take the one minute to return the cart, to help out the store employees and keep the carts from hitting cars. Do you do other helpful things that you don't have to do, when no one is looking, that there's no reward for? Let's try to do more of those! — Heloise
Dear Readers: Most times, when there's a crisis we need to watch out for scammers. The COVID vaccine is free, regardless of insurance coverage, or even if you have no insurance.
You gotta wait your turn though. There are people calling stating they can get you to the head of the line for $30. They can't. Don't fall for it. Never give out your name or banking info, including your credit card, to anyone calling you on the phone. — Heloise
Hello, It's Me
Dear Heloise: When someone calls from a business number I'm working with, I always answer the phone, "Hello, this is Mary Smith." That saves the caller from having to ask to speak to me. (On my cellphone, I am the only person answering it.) — Mary S., via email
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